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Windows 7: Can't Access "Downloads" Folder


16 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64
 
 
Can't Access "Downloads" Folder

Hello,
I am unable to access my "Downloads" Folder. When I click on it a error message pops up titled Explorer.exe. It reads "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program, or if one is already installed, create an association in the default programs control panel." I also tried accessing it through
C:/Users/Jack/Links/ and it doesn't open. Somebody please help me!!! Thanks.

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16 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Hi jacksunny, Welcome to sevenforums

The correct path should be C:\Users\username\Downloads

Also when you open Computer in you left hand pane you should see "Downloads"

Can't Access "Downloads" Folder-capture.jpg

Let us know.


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16 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64
 
 

Thanks for a quick reply...
In the left hand pane there I do see downloads, but I just realized now that it no longer shows a folder icon, but shows a blank white icon. I now have 2 questions
1. How do I change the path???
2. If I just delete "Downloads" from Links and make a new folder titled "downloads" will it fix the problem?
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16 Apr 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Restore your 'file associations' Default File Type Associations - Restore
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16 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jacksunny View Post
Thanks for a quick reply...
In the left hand pane there I do see downloads, but I just realized now that it no longer shows a folder icon, but shows a blank white icon. I now have 2 questions
1. How do I change the path???
2. If I just delete "Downloads" from Links and make a new folder titled "downloads" will it fix the problem?
You don't want to start deleting folders like that or else you screw the system!!!! Those folders are setup like that for a reason.

With that said, what did you delete??? Why?

Anyways if you've deleted/moved system folders, or are having major issues you may need to do a Repair Install

Actually I would try jacee's solution first, if that doesn't work, do the repair install.

And leave things alone.
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16 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64
 
 

NO NO NO I didn't delete it yet I'm just asking if it will be okay to delete it but obviously not.
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16 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jacksunny View Post
NO NO NO I didn't delete it yet I'm just asking if it will be okay to delete it but obviously not.
Yes.... DO NOT DELETE those folder!!!

And if you're having icon issues try jacee's solution first.

Good luck.
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16 Apr 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64
 
 

Just a quick question. Which of the .zip files from jacee's solution do I have to download? I downloaded the .lnk one but it never fixed the problem.
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16 Apr 2011   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jacksunny View Post
Just a quick question. Which of the .zip files from jacee's solution do I have to download? I downloaded the .lnk one but it never fixed the problem.
Have you check the actual folder path as suggested by sygnus21?

Why not try that first.
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16 Apr 2011   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jacksunny View Post
Thanks for a quick reply...
In the left hand pane there I do see downloads, but I just realized now that it no longer shows a folder icon, but shows a blank white icon. I now have 2 questions
1. How do I change the path???
2. If I just delete "Downloads" from Links and make a new folder titled "downloads" will it fix the problem?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jacksunny View Post
Just a quick question. Which of the .zip files from jacee's solution do I have to download? I downloaded the .lnk one but it never fixed the problem.
Since you say you're having icon issues you need to check this area under the link jacee provided.

Quote:
library-ms - Library folder.


NOTE: To restore the default icons, you may need to do these as well.
Any issues with that and you'll have to post there as I've not used any of those procedures.

But as I suggested, and shootist reiterated, why not click the downloads folder I pointed to first to see if that fixes your issue. If not, you have to follow the tutorial jacee provided.
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